Even though the ski condos are not right on the slopes, it's more than made up for by its convenient location to the train station, supermarket and local restaurant, with the shuttle bus running to the slopes 30 meters from the front door.
The apartment it's self was excellent - clean, warm and comfortable, perfect when travelling with 2 kids after a long day's skiing to come back to and relax. We all had enough room to relax and unwind. Wi-Fi was excellent and the washing machine was a saviour ensuring we had clean thermals and socks everyday. Having Netflix was great, so we had something to watch of an evening, even though we fell asleep most nights due to the long days skiing,
Finally, what really makes this place is Bob the owner. He is super helpful and will go out of his way to help you out. We were due to arrive on the snow shuttle bus at about 1.30am, however due to heavy snow ended up arriving at 3am and still managed to be greeted with a smile and a warm apartment. I can't thank Bob enough for how well he looked after us. He drove us to and from Happo everyday as well as made reservations and recommendations for local restaurants
When we go back to Hakuba (hopefully) I know where we will be staying.
Bob (the owner) could not have been more helpful. He had a vast knowledge of all things local and was always quick to help with pretty much anything. Very clean, warm and comfortable apartments with a great restaurant downstairs. Shuttle buses to all local ski fields leave from the neighboring hotel. Plenty of restaurants and a large supermarket within walking distance also walking distance to rail and coach service.
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I am a Australian, working in Japan and I have been enjoying visiting Hakuba for 4 years now. I have stayed at some great places like Aqua Alpine. Snow Lodge (Tsugaike) and Green Hotel Cortina. My Partner and I decided to stay at a apartment this time so we cook your own meals.
This apartment has all of the of the top of range modern appliances (cable TV, Microwave and oven, new gas stove, new refrigerator, excellent WiFi reception,Wi games consul, new air conditioner, new cloths washer, new gas Heater and double windows).
There is a great library of DVD and games to choose from.
The furnituring are all new and very comfortable (leather lounge and beds). It interior decor is very well appointed and very tasteful. The bathroom and toilet are also modern and very well appointed. It also has a viewing deck on top of the apartments .It is very close (2 min walk) to the shuttles buses and Hakuba train station.
The apartment has a great view of Happone and Goryu/47.
We stay in August so we could go Mountain biking and 47 has a some great tracks to tackle and also have great track for the beginners.
We took advantage of the Izakaya ( Bar and restaurant ) on the ground floor of Apartments which has excellent meals and drink at super low prices and run by the most friendly couple I have meet in Hakuba (Toshi and his wife).
The Managers ( Bob and Mayumi ) of the apartment are very accommodation and very helpful during our stay.
The price of the apartment is a bargin which I could not believe for such a great apartment and location.
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Great central location, a short walking distance from the central train station. The apartment was spacious and the beds were comfortable. I enjoyed my stay very much.